Birha [Absence] (2018): Fragmentary Document of Displaced Migrant Lives

Hoping to capture Mittal’s cinematographic method in mere words might be an exercise in vain, due to the exclusive domain of sounds and images that it belongs to, yet the closest thing that Birha’s formally-ambitious documentary approach resembles is probably a search: to be precise, a kind of desperate search similar to the literal one depicted in the film where a displaced worker’s family now tries to re-locate him, in a different city, years after he went missing…